While they may have tasted defeat, some of Newcastle’s top players looked back to their best on Saturday, including Jonjo Shelvey.
The Magpies were able to see a lot more of the ball at Old Trafford, and Shelvey used it better than he has all season.
Newcastle’s number eight created the second goal, firing a brilliant cross into the feet of Yoshinori Muto.
Without the 26-year-old, Newcastle are a much worse team. If we’re going to survive this season, we need the midfielder to be playing every week.
But the saddest thing about the Palace and Leicester games was that Shelvey was able to have no impact on proceedings.
That all changed against Manchester United, and he was able to manipulate possession and create multiple openings for Newcastle.
As well as going forward, he was strong going backwards as well, making tackles and retrieving possession.
While the collapse was tough to take, we can take positives from the performance, one of which being how good our playmaker was at times.
What did Newcastle fans make of Shelvey’s performance?
Shelvey was superb yesterday, some unbelievable little touches and shifts. On another level in terms of a technical footballer to anyone on the park. #NUFC
— Jack (@jackm1892) October 7, 2018
This like. Next 10 games define the season, all winnable and got to be aiming for 20 points+
If Muto/Perez works up front and Shelvey and Kenedy keep playing like they did at OT we’ll be sorted #NUFC https://t.co/QFHDKUmLoT
— Jamie Smith (@Mr_Dolf) October 7, 2018
Can’t fault any of the lads who started that game, Perez was class, Muto looked a handful, Shelvey was superb, Dubravka made some tremendous saves, Jamaal was a leader, but the severe lack of quality we have on the bench is worrying! You can not kill off a game with those changes
— Dobby Solano (@DobbySolanoNUFC) October 6, 2018
— Zak Ward (@zak_ward1) October 6, 2018
Can someone tell me why Shelvey isn’t even considered for England. No englishman can do what he does.#nufc
— Jordan Gibbon (@Gibbo2910) October 6, 2018
Jonjo Shelvey vs Man Utd (Game rank):
Assists: 1 (=1st)
Chances created: 4 (1st)
Attacking third passes: 12 (5th)
Crosses: 3 (2nd)
Corners: 2 (2nd)
Ball recoveries: 11 (=1st)
Tackles: 4 (1st)
— The Toon Network (@TheToonNetwork) October 6, 2018